COLOMBIA / AMAZON COVID-19 VACCINATION

07-Apr-2021 00:04:09
In Colombia, vulnerable indigenous communities in the Amazon region are among the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. Near the city of Inírida, health teams set up a “pop-up” vaccination site in order to reach a large number of people quickly. WHO
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STORY: COLOMBIA / AMAZON COVID-19 VACCINATION
TRT: 04:13
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: CREDIT WHO ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: SPANISH

DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2021, CONCORDIA COMMUNITY, INÍRIDA, COLOMBIA
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1. Close up, hands of a stock coordinator preparing COVID-19 vaccine doses in the hospital of Inírida
2. Med shot, coordinator handing out vaccines to a field vaccinator who checks the number of doses
3. Med shot, field vaccinator storing the vaccine doses for the day in a cooler
4. Med shot, field vaccinator with cooler on his lap in a 4x4 truck on dirt road out of Inírida
5. Med shot, driver of the 4x4 truck
6. Pan right, 4x4 truck driving through a puddle on dirt road out of Inírida
7. Wide shot, vaccination convoy crossing a wooden bridge over a river
8. Pan left, 4x4 truck arriving in Concordia community, end of the shot on the "Bienvenidos a la Comunidad Concordia" sign
9. Various shots, health workers organizing vaccination certificates while vaccinators place the coolers on the table
10. Various shots, Dr Ivy Talavera (WHO Advisor in Family, Gender and Life course) and Fabian Niño (Vaccination Coordinator) talking about vaccination process in indigenous communities
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Dr Ivy Talavera, Advisor in Family, Gender and Life course, World Health Organization (WHO):
“What happens is that the vaccination plan of Colombia is organized in various steps and phases. But reaching, for example, a community with difficult access, you cannot apply the same tool and say that you are only vaccinating the 80-year-old population or the frontline health workers, because opportunities are lost.”
12. Wide shot, Fabian Niño talks to a community leader about the vaccination process
13. Med shot, Fabian Niño talks to a community leader about the vaccination process
14. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabian Niño, Vaccination Coordinator:
“The Ministry gave priority to this area due to the Brazilian strain that is nearby because we have a border with Brazil. So, they said: ‘Vaccinate the entire population over 18 years old in the city of Inírida.”
15. Various shots, group of health workers going door-to-door with Dr Ivy Talavera to invite the population of Concordia to get vaccinated
16. Various shots, group of health workers with Dr Ivy Talavera talking to a family about getting vaccinated
17. Various shots, group of health workers with Dr Ivy Talavera talking to a family and offering a facemask to the woman
18. Wide shot, vaccinator explaining the vaccination process to a woman about to receive the vaccine
19. Med shot, vaccinator explaining the vaccination process to a woman about to receive the vaccine
20. Close up, vaccinator showing the woman the dose she is about to receive
21. Wide shot, vaccinator showing the woman the dose she is about to receive
22. Close up, vaccinator preparing the syringe
23. Close up, vaccinator inserting the needle into the dose flask and pulling the liquid into the syringe
24. Close up, vaccine being administered
25. Close up, woman looking at her arm and holding a piece of cotton on her arm after receiving the vaccine
26. Wide shot, field vaccinator Giovanni Diaz explaining the vaccination process to a man who is about to receive the vaccine
27. Close up, man listening to field vaccinator Giovanni Diaz explaining the vaccination process to a man who is about to receive the vaccine
28. Close up, hand of field vaccinator Giovanni Diaz taking a dose of vaccine out of a cooler
29. Med shot, field vaccinator Giovanni Diaz showing the man the dose he is about to receive
30. Close up, field vaccinator Giovanni Diaz pulling the liquid of the dose into the syringe
31. Med shot, man being vaccinated by Giovanni Diaz
STORYLINE
In Colombia, vulnerable indigenous communities in the Amazon region are among the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. Near the city of Inírida, health teams set up a “pop-up” vaccination site in order to reach a large number of people quickly.

As of 5 April 2021, more than 2.4 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Colombia, resulting in almost 64 000 deaths in the country. Vulnerable indigenous communities in Colombia’s Amazon region are among the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. Near the city of Inírida, health teams set up a “pop-up” vaccination site in order reach a large number of people quickly.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Dr Ivy Talavera, Advisor in Family, Gender and Life course, World Health Organization (WHO):
“What happens is that the vaccination plan of Colombia is organized in various steps and phases. But reaching, for example, a community with difficult access, you cannot apply the same tool and say that you are only vaccinating the 80-year-old population or the frontline health workers, because opportunities are lost.”

In order to reach a large part of the population among indigenous communities, the Colombian health authorities adapt their strategy to the area, taking into account cultural specificities and working with indigenous health workers and field vaccinators.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fabian Niño, Vaccination Coordinator:
“The Ministry gave priority to this area due to the Brazilian strain that is nearby because we have a border with Brazil. So, they said: ‘Vaccinate the entire population over 18 years old in the city of Inírida.”

On 1 March 2021, Colombia became the first country in the Americas to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, marking an historic step toward the goal of ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region and worldwide. The COVAX vaccines add to the vaccination campaign that the Colombian government started on February 17, with doses obtained from bilateral agreements with the producers.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and WHO working in partnership with developed and developing country vaccine manufacturers, UNICEF, PAHO Revolving Fund, the World Bank, and others. It is the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both higher-income and lower-income countries.
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